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Microgilia minutiflora (Benth.) J.M. Porter & L.A. Johnson
small-flowered ipomopsis
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Paul Handford  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #80812)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, nearly hairless to fine glandular-hairy, with numerous, ascending, simple branches, 10-60 cm tall.
All along the stem, alternate, reduced upwards, some lower leaves 3-cleft into narrow segments, the other leaves entire, linear, 2-4 cm long, 1 mm wide.
Inflorescence an open, leafy, terminal, panicle-like cluster of several stalked flowers; corollas white to pale-blue, 4-7 mm long, the tube twice as long as the 5 blunt to sharp-pointed lobes; calyces 2.5-4 mm long, the 5 lobes minutely spine-tipped.
Capsules, 3-chambered, 3-4 mm long; seeds 1 per chamber, 2.5-3.5 mm long, dark, becoming sticky when moistened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry, open, often sandy sites in the steppe and montane zones; rare in SC BC; S to N ID and N OR.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Microgilia minutiflora

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 382 382 382
Slope Gradient (%) 65 65 65
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
196 196 196
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 1
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Ipomopsis minutiflora (Benth.) V.E. Grant

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